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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty
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  1. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow career from new hire to seasoned subject matter expert. I have not been disappointed in the almost fire years I have been with them.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to keep up with the numerous times they have reinvented the approach and structure. Best to stay focused on yourself and performance and understand the evaluation process.

    Advice to Management

    Clients are paying for and expecting seasoned, highly trained assets and not to be stocked with new, fresh out of school trainees. There are reasons they have come to IBM and have a low tolerance of rookie staffing.

    IBM2015-08-17
  2. Helpful (2)

    "23 + years, 2 tours of Duty"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Category Manager in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Co-workers, very talented. Work from home is encourages, most of the time.

    Cons

    Benefits and pay sucks, constant layoffs. I started in 1984, and it was the best place to work, now one of the worst. Morale is horrible, and management does not care. no chance of upward mobility, Clueless management, except for a 1st level once in a while. Right now you have entry level kids, and grey beards with 20++++ years. When they leave there will be no skills or expertise left. IBM can't fulfill commitments now...

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    Advice to Management

    Go back and take a basic business class about how to retain employees. It is NOT always about the share holder. EPS will not come if no talented people work for you. Offshoring skilled positions does not work. Company and management needs to be blown up.

    IBM2015-05-25
  3. Helpful (2)

    "Category Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Great People, ok processes and good in line classes

    Cons

    Churns through senior managers like butter. Pay is terrible, after your initial agreement No raises, even when you surpass requirements (2plus) FLM ' pressured to release older workers and higher band workers Company in a death spiral and using employees as a brake to soothe stakeholders Employees encourage to claim savings and process savings even though it makes no sense Burns through category managers like...

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    Advice to Management

    Hire new senior management and look for real goals instead of "cloud" dreams which are not within grasp.

    IBM2015-04-18
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not taken care of"

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    Former Employee - Procurement Category Manager in Somers, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, great client relationships

    Cons

    no rewards/raises/bonuses if you are outside of certain businesses

    Advice to Management

    Leave and start over. Lots of dead wood who only manage up. Beware

    IBM2015-03-13
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Short Term Gain at Employee Expense"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Large company with some great people to work with. Work from home for some while others work on site. Always looking to use home grown tech to make jobs and functions easier.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, no raises and this year no bonus. If you are looking at joining IBM drive hard for compensation upfront since that is all you can look forward too. On client site requirements are 4 days a week and work tends to be micro managed by management who usually have much less experience and time at IBM. Rating system highly political and secretive.

    Advice to Management

    You forgot who really does all of the work, managers just manage paper, while workers work.

    IBM2014-04-17
  6. "Great global footprint, strategic long term thinkers, theme of innovation, somewhat separated from reality"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Category Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IBM full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Range of opportunities from traditional high tech mfg. and sales, to software, to professional client services

    Cons

    Glut of under performing baby boomers protected by their network and longevity

    Advice to Management

    Globally integrated enterprise is only meaningful when you can explain to a client what the transformation road map really looks like

    IBM2014-02-14
  7. "IBM hiring in this area"

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    Current Employee - Commodity Category Manager in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay is good not the best

    Cons

    poor senior management, only interessted in bottom line, don't really understand how to manage a BTO operation, ask a lot of questions and get answers in writing before hiring on

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people and change the way you compensate BTO personnel. No incentative to do this job in BTO.

    IBM2010-02-14
  8. "IBM Category Manager, Integrated Supply Chain (ISC) Procurement"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Currently pay and benefits are better than most other companies. Information exchange and IT is very good. There are some very good people who have been with the company for a long time and are very experienced in what they do. Company still has a good reputation and still provides a decent living currently. It is nice to be able to work from home and a lot of the ISC employees do so. The company is well known for being...

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    Cons

    The company is in a down sizing mode in the United States, exporting as many jobs to out sourcing off shore as they can. Those that they can't they are attempting to reduce salaries by "Resource Actions- called RA's", which is a fancy name for reductions or firings and then rehiring at a lower salary rate to fill the same position they let go before. They have reduced approx 15k in the US this year already. As the economic...

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    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employees more about out sourcing and off shoring; let them understand the overall plan and get buy in. Its time to offer pay increases and stop holding the bonuses down, it really does look bad for the company to hold pay and bonuses down for the individual workers and then have the senior management receive huge million dollar raises and bonuses based upon earnings that reflect nothing but employee and expense...

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    IBM2009-10-01
  9. "Procurement Leader"

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    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Indi, Karnataka
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at IBM full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Diverse learning Experience, Innovative Ideas

    Cons

    Slow exposure, poor compensation and slow growth

    IBM2019-06-10
  10. "Great experience, no regrets up to this point."

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    Current Employee - Senior Category Manager in
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IBM

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible, and the team wants to win.

    Cons

    Training is lacking in some areas.

    IBM2010-12-19
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